8 Organic School Lunchbox Meals That Can Be Prepared The Night Before

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ALERT: Pregnant Women Should NOT Use Antibacterial Products

by 08/20/14   filed under: green pregnancy, health & body, news, toxins

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Scientists recently reported that many pregnant women and their fetuses are being exposed to possible health problems linked to antibacterial products. The research, presented at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), is yet unpublished, but compelling. Specifically, the researchers took a closer look at how exposure to triclosan and triclocarban, two of the most commonly used antibacterials (germ-killers) in soaps and other products are affecting pregnant women and their fetuses. Benny Pycke, Ph.D. says, “We found triclosan in all of the urine samples from the pregnant women that we screened. We also detected it in about half of the umbilical cord blood samples we took, which means it transfers to fetuses. Triclocarban was also in many of the samples.” Because there’s a huge growing body of evidence that shows how these antibacterials often lead to developmental and reproductive problems in animals, the researchers are concerned that this means humans are potentially at risk for the same health issues. The bigger problem of antibacterial use, of course, is that they contribute to antibiotic resistance, an actual growing public health problem. Because antibacterial compounds are used in more than 2,000 everyday products, including toothpastes, soaps, detergents, carpets, paints, school supplies and toys, we’re looking at an almost universal exposure rate for humans.

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Cindy Crawford Pulls Her Two Kids Out of Malibu High School Due to Concerns Over Toxic Chemicals in the Classrooms

by 08/20/14   filed under: news, toxins

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As we recently reported in a previous post, a coalition of concerned parents, teachers, community members, scientists, experts, public figures and environmental groups from across the U.S., collectively called Malibu Unites, has been fighting to get toxins out of local Malibu schools. Now in a follow up, supermodel Cindy Crawford has taken the coalition in a national direction, speaking with NBC news special anchor Maria Shriver about Malibu Unites’ effort to get Congress to require all schools built from the 1950s through the 1970s to test for toxic PCBs in substances like window caulking. Crawford, just one concerned parent of many, has been keeping her two teens home instead of sending them to school after finding out that the schools contain elevated levels of a cancer-causing chemical. In a segment that aired on Today, Crawford notes, “I look 10 years down the line. What if my kid, God forbid, had a problem? How could I live with myself, if I knew that it was a possibility, and I still sent them to school there?” See Cindy Crawford speak on the issue after the jump.

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How Parents Can Help Change and Improve Toxic Schools

by 08/19/14   filed under: education, green kids

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New Solar-Powered Mobile Technology Helps Prevent Prenatal Deaths in India

by 08/19/14   filed under: health & body, prenatal

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According to Quartz, millions of Indians have limited to zero access to hospitals or clinical laboratories. Clearly this poses a huge problem for the population, but women especially, and more specifically pregnant women who need vital access to prenatal care. In India, women may have to travel hours simply to have a basic medical test completed. In fact, sadly, due to the lack of medical care, eight women living in Muktsar, a district in southwest Punjab, died of eclampsia in 2011. However, now a new solar-powered diagnostic “slate” has the potential to improve health care. The Swasthya Slate, a telemedicine device created in 2012 by biomedical engineer Kanav Kahol, enabled health care providers in Muktsar to test about 1,000 pregnant women annually for symptoms of eclampsia and other possible pregnancy complications. The device, which can conduct tests, offer treatment ideas and send health information to doctors, was a success even in remote areas lacking electricity.

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Parenting Dreams vs. Parenting Realities: Why It's OK to Cave in Sometimes

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Transform a Hat Box into a Quaint Dollhouse!

by 08/18/14   filed under: diy kids crafts, eco play

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Talk about adorable! This sweet handmade dollhouse is the perfect rainy day project for crafty parents and kids. Made with a recycled hat box, there aren’t any super specific how-to instructions for building this dollhouse, but it’s great inspiration for how to use a box in a new way. Gather craft items from around the house and simply combine them as you see fit to design your diminutive dwelling! You and your child don’t have to make just a dollhouse either. You can get creative and make a garage for toy cars, a wildlife scene or candy shop. Go crazy! See more images of this clever dollhouse at Sweet Paul.

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RaFa-kids Hip & Sustainable Furniture Collection Launched by Two Architects Turned Parents

by 08/18/14   filed under: green design, kids furniture

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Second Graders Start 'Dr. Seuss Wants You!' Campaign to Raise Money for their School Library

Second Graders Start 'Dr. Seuss Wants You!' Campaign to Raise Money for their School Library

TweetEmailWhen Willow Creek Academy in Sausalito, California, lost its library last year due changes in the school district, two of the plucky second graders who attend the…

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Goodbye Baggies, Hello Kinderville Silicone Snack & Sandwich Pouches

Goodbye Baggies, Hello Kinderville Silicone Snack & Sandwich Pouches

Go waste-free when you pack your child’s school lunch with Kinderville silicone pouches. All of these pouches are free of BPA, phthalates, and lead, plus they’re super easy…

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Brinware Glass & Silicone Food Storage Containers Keep Packed Lunches Safe and Fresh

Brinware Glass & Silicone Food Storage Containers Keep Packed Lunches Safe and Fresh

TweetEmailWhen we first saw Brinware’s tempered glass dishware, boy were we impressed. Safe, beautiful, non-toxic glassware kids can use that offers the best of both…

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A Week of Bento Box Lunch Ideas for Back to School

A Week of Bento Box Lunch Ideas for Back to School

TweetEmail Bento Box Lunch: Day 1 Almond butter and honey sandwich Vanilla yogurt with sunflower seeds Sliced Pear Berries Using a cookie cutter, press a fun shape into 2…

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HOW TO: Make Your Own Natural, Effective Gripe Water Using Just Three Ingredients

HOW TO: Make Your Own Natural, Effective Gripe Water Using Just Three Ingredients

TweetEmail 1. Gather your ingredients. 1 Tbsp Fennel seeds 2 teabags of Lemon ginger or pure ginger tea (or ½ inch piece fresh gingerroot, sliced) 1 teabag of Chamomile…

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INTERVIEW: Lori Inglis Hall, Founder of 'Lori and The Caravan' on Shopping for Vintage Children's Clothing

INTERVIEW: Lori Inglis Hall, Founder of 'Lori and The Caravan' on Shopping for Vintage Children's Clothing

Those idyllic photographs of days gone by, rose-tinted and glorious. And the outfits, so sweet! Oh, nostalgia for the past! The 1950′s swing dresses, the beautiful 1960′s…

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Vintage-Style School Desks & Chairs Provide a Stylish, Sustainable Spot for Homework

Vintage-Style School Desks & Chairs Provide a Stylish, Sustainable Spot for Homework

TweetEmail These darling vintage style school desks and chairs will look great in any space and provide your child with a slick space to settle down for homework or for…

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HOW TO: Make Steamed Chinese Pak Choi Parcels With a Yamani Rice and Vegetables Core

HOW TO: Make Steamed Chinese Pak Choi Parcels With a Yamani Rice and Vegetables Core

1. Gather the ingredients yamani rice a bunch of pak choi a couple of mushrooms 1 large carrot a bunch of fresh parsley sesame seeds sesame oil soy sauce extra virgin olive…

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Mathy by Bols Beds for Kids are Some of the Coolest, Cleverest Sleep Havens We've Seen

Mathy by Bols Beds for Kids are Some of the Coolest, Cleverest Sleep Havens We've Seen

TweetEmailCaravan Bed The AMAZING Caravan bed is seriously cool. So cool, you’ll want to steal it from your kid and camp out in it yourself. The Caravan is a playful…

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Milkdot's Kawaii Päc Mini Backpacks are Perfectly Sized for Tots

Milkdot's Kawaii Päc Mini Backpacks are Perfectly Sized for Tots

TweetEmail What could be better than a little buddy whose got your back? Meet Charlie, Fang, Remi and Lola pictured from left to right in the image above. They comprise…

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